Findings from Leslie Lyons’ study could help feline preservationists implement breeding strategies in captivity for rare and endangered species such as the African black-footed cat. Credit: Cleveland Zoo
Findings from Leslie Lyons’ study could help feline preservationists implement breeding strategies in captivity for rare and endangered species such as the African black-footed cat.

Rare feline genetic disorders identified through whole-genome sequencing

Findings could help feline preservationists implement breeding strategies for rare cats.

Whole-genome sequencing, which is the process of determining an organism’s complete DNA sequence, can be used to identify DNA anomalies that cause disease.

Identifying disease-causing DNA abnormalities allows clinicians to better predict an effective course of treatment for the patient. Now, in a series of recent studies, scientists at the University of Missouri are using whole-genome sequencing through the 99 Lives Cat Genome Sequencing Consortium to identify genetic variants t

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